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    June 11, 2013
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we have new reporting that might shed light on how quickly authorities knew about that massive intelligence leak. they may have been on to edward snowden before newspapers published the revelations. also tonight, what the man behind wikileaks says about the affair. julian assange is speaking out on the program. and later, a woman describes the terror. a gunman opens fire and jumps in her car and says "drive" and continues to shoot to others from the vehicle. her close encounter what he said on friday and what he did on his way to the next and final killing ground.
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we begin with the latest on the defense contractor, edward snowden, who revealed two surveillance programs, one targeting phone records and the other on the internet in search of terrorist connections. tonight, why he says he did it and what law enforcement is going to do about it, what some believe should happen to him and what the majority of americans think about the operations he exposed. we'll talk about it all, starting with a new question, who is this guy? early answers now from our brian todd. >> reporter: described as shy and self-effacing, the man who says he was the source of leaks detailing massive u.s. surveillance programs tells "the guardian" newspaper why he did it. edward snowden says, "i'm no different from anyone else. >> i'm just another guy who sits there day to day in the office, watches what's happening and goes, this is something that's not our place to decide. the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong. >> reporter: snowden said that from a hotel in hong kong, after having left his girlfriend in hawaii where they reportedly shared a home. she's not the only person with
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whom he may have severed ties by leaking and going public. edward snowden told "the guardian" that the only thing he fears is the harmful effects of this on his family, some of whom he says work for the u.s. government. we have confirmed his mother, elizabeth snowden, works here at the district courthouse in baltimore, maryland, as chief deputy clerk for information technology and administrative services. officials here said she was not available to speak to us. elizabeth snowden also did not return our calls and e-mail. outside her home near baltimore, she was no more eager to speak to reporters. >> please do not get in my way. thank you. >> reporter: "the guardian" says edware snowden moved from elizabeth city, north carolina, where he spent his youth. cnn learned that he went to elementary and middle school in crofton, maryland, went to arundel high school nearby, but according to "the guardian," he never got a high school degree. he enlisted in the army in 2004 and was discharged the same year. he says it's because he broke his legs in a train accident.
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snowden got a job at the nsa as a security guard and became an i.t. security specialist at the cia and from there went to a private contractor working for the nsa. he says his computer skills allowed him to move up quickly, despite the lack of a high school degree. before taking off for hong kong, he says he was making $200,000 a year. his success surprises joyce kinsey, a neighbor of snowden's mother's who saw him on occasion at the mother's condo. >> when you say hi to him and everything, he'll say hi, but he's always looking down. he's not looking at you, and it's like he doesn't make eye contact. but he was very personable and very nice, and i always saw him on the computer. i could see out my window and i could see him on the computer. >> reporter: edward snowden told "the guardian" he had high hopes when president obama vowed a more transparent administration, but that he became disappointed with the president. we learned his contributions last year went to libertarian ron paul's campaign.
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he hopes for asylum in iceland but said "all my options are bad." brian todd, cnn. >> as soon as the news broke, we sent miguel marquez to learn more about snowden by going to the last place he was before going to hong kong. we have a report about how they knew he wouldn't be coming back and signs that the feds may have been on to him earlier than previously thought. miguel marquez is joining from us honolulu. before he leaked the classified information, snowden says he told his employer he needed time off to seek medical treatment for epilepsy, but you're learning that police actually showed up at his home last wednesday, the day before "the guardian's" report on snowden's allegedly leaked information. so, were they there to check on his welfare? >> reporter: yeah, this is a part of it that's a little confusing. they did say there was a realtor at the house when they got there. she said that they were just asking how's he doing, what's
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going on, but the house was completely empty. he had moved out of that house on may 6th, never told his employer he was moving. he left hawaii on may 20th, and then when these two police officers, one uniformed, one out of uniform, the realtor wasn't sure if this was a federal official or not, but clearly, officials were very concerned that he hadn't gone back to work and wanted to know where he was, where exactly his whereabouts. their blood must have run cold when they realized the house that they thought he lived in was completely empty. anderson? >> and he lived with his girlfriend in hawaii. do we know any details on that? i mean, what did she tell you? >> reporter: he told her that he was going away for a two-week period, according to "the guardian." what is curious about that is that they moved everything out of their house, packed everything up. she's gone back to the mainland. her family now says that she is visiting friends on the west coast, won't specify where.
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we also don't know where the contents of their house has gone. has it gone into a storage facility somewhere here? has it been shipped back to the u.s.? is it on a ship, a container ship on its way back to the u.s.? as far as we can tell, either here in hawaii or in the mainland, not a single warrant has been issued yet by federal officials. it seems, given the way the feds are acting at the moment, that this really caught them completely flat-footed. anderson? >> interesting. miguel marquez, appreciate it. miguel's reporting from honolulu. new polling tonight about what americans think of one of the two surveillance programs that edward snowden apparently revealed. in a survey from the pew research center on the nsa call tracking operation, 56% find it acceptable, 41% disagree. as for snowden, one leading lawmaker practically called him a traitor. >> he knows where our intelligence assets are, who our intelligence agents are around the world, and the fact that he
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has allowed our enemy to know what our sources and methods are is extremely, extremely dangerous. i believe he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. i consider him to be a defector. >> he was also critical of julian assange from wikileaks. we'll talk to him shortly. senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin weighed in and joins us along with former cia officer bob baird. bob, let me start with you. you just heard peter king label him a defector. how would intelligence officials treat him considering he was last seen in hong kong? >> as a counterintelligence investigation. it would default to that immediately. the cia and fbi look at china as a hostile country. it has an active intelligence program against the united states. it would do anything to get a source like this young man. right now i'd be very surprised if they're not questioning him -- >> the chinese? >> the chinese, yes.
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remember that honolulu is an important relay station for the national security agency. all our spying on china would be filtered through there. what did he know? what didn't he know? what did he have access to? what did he bring out? the chinese would be remiss not talking to him right now. >> so, you're saying if they treat it like a counterintelligence case, if the u.s. treats it like a counterintelligence case, how does that inform how they investigate him? >> they're going to be going through his internet connections, his telephones, his connections in hawaii to see if he was possibly -- and this is a possibility, i'm not saying it happened -- contacted by chinese intelligence, and once he got to hong kong, who was he met by? you know, was he met at the airport? things like this. there are all kinds of sources, they could check on this. but they absolutely have to treat this as the worst-case possibility. this is an aside from the right or wrong of revealing this stuff. they just have to assume that he's in hostile hands. >> jeff, you wrote a pretty scathing piece for "the new
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yorker," calling snowden a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison. there are a lot of people who see them as heroes. i'm talking to julian assange in a moment. >> and i've heard from most of those people on twitter who think -- >> why do you say that? >> well, because our system does not allow a 29-year-old who is an expert on precisely nothing to decide on his own that a project -- it's not illegal, but he doesn't like it, and so, he is going to undermine the work of thousands of people and
billions of dollars of taxpayer money and give away these secrets because he doesn't like this program. that is illegal because he took an oath and he signed a contract not to disclose it, and it's also immoral because he shouldn't have the right to undermine the work of all these people. there are channels for whistleblowers inside agencies, through congress, through the courts, not through glenn greenwald of "the guardian."
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that's not what you're supposed to do. >> but let me just push back, jeff. i mean, there are people who say, look, he is a whistleblower, and that a public debate about this is necessary. this is something that the public has a right to know about, if it's affecting them. what do you say to that? >> well, the public has a right to know, but the way to bring it to public attention is not to commit crimes. and yes, it is possible he wouldn't get as much attention if he simply went to the senators like jeff merkley, like senator udall, who care deeply about this issue and are doing it the right way. instead, he just threw this stuff out to newspaper reporters at the "washington post" and "the guardian" who were more responsible than he was who actually didn't publish everything they get. he was so irresponsible that even bart gelman of the "washington post" and glenn greenwald said, you know what, this is too much. we're not going to release that. we can't have a system where people with classified -- access
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to classified information behave that way, and that's why we have laws against it. >> jeff, as far as extradition goes, the u.s. has a treaty with china. how does that process actually work, if he is still in hong kong or chinese territory? >> well, it's a really unusual situation, because yes, we have a treaty with hong kong, but hong kong is legally part of china. now, we have had a very successful relationship with hong kong in law enforcement regarding violent crimes, involving white collar crimes, regarding drugs. the question here is what does china want to do? because, ultimately, china is going to be calling the shots here, and china is not our friend when it comes to intelligence matters. china is going to want to exploit this the best they can. frankly, i don't know what that is. is it letting him go? is it keeping him? is it using him in some way? but it just shows, by taking these matters into his own hands, he has given a gift to our leading intelligence adversary in the world.
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>> the treaty, i understand, that the u.s. has with china includes what's called a political offense exception for cases in which the extraditing country believes someone is being pursued for political reasons. >> right, and that was put in at the instigation of the united states, which thought that china might be pursuing political prisoners who were here. here is a reverse situation, where china may claim that we are pursuing snowden because of political reasons. but if he's indicted in an american court for disclosure of classified information, i don't know how that could be treated as a political crime. that's something that's prosecuted in american courts all the time, but it's going to be ultimately up to china, and china's going to do what's good for china. >> bob, it's interesting, i talk to julian assange coming up after the break, and his advice is that snowden should try to get to some countries in latin america that don't cooperate with the u.s., that don't have extradition, that haven't been involved in rendition programs with the cia, but snowden was
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working for the government through a contractor. i don't think a lot of people realize how many outside employees make up our intelligence network, just how many people now have top-secret security clearances. it's a staggering number. >> it's amazing. and the cia is 50/50, 50% are contractors. contractors are hiring contractors. they have inflated salaries. they're just entrenched in the place and it's very difficult to keep track of them. it's much easier to follow a civil servant, make sure they're happy, promote them and the rest of it. contractors are taken on and fired, and it's not a surprise to me at all that a company like this would take somebody on without a high school degree and pay them $200,000. i mean, i find it outrageous. and he clearly wasn't vetted to keep a secret. and this is what we get. >> bob baer, jeff toobin, i appreciate you being on. let us know what you think. we'll talk about this on twitter during the break. i'll be tweeting tonight, @andersoncooper.
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up next, someone who did what edward snowden did is living in limbo, hold up in the embassy in ecuador. he's been there more than a year. you'll hear wikileaks founder julian assange's take on the revelations and what he says is the abuse of government secrecy. also later, jury selection beginning in the george zimmerman case. what jurors may be in for when the trial of the moment almost certainly heats up. #%tia[
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edward snowden has been called many things. he's denounced as a threat. julian asang knows he's the founder of wikileaks and been living in london and facing potential charges here. he joins us tonight. julian, i want to talk to you about bradley manning, but first about edward snowden.
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what do you make of the leaks that he made to "the guardian" and the "washington post"? >> here we have a situation where clear proof has been offered to something that i and many other technical civil rights campaigners have been speaking about over the last five years and that the oversight of this process is done in secret, the policy is secret. it's not a case of looking at a particular suspect and deciding to apply surveillance to them as we once did in the past, but rather, a just bulk, arbitrary driftnet phishing across not just americans, but essentially the whole of the human race. >> the u.s. government, as you know, and president obama himself said look, we're not listening to americans' phone conversations. this is kind of data-mining. this gives an overview, and then it allows you to kind of look at patterns and to try to trace down individuals who you have suspicions about, and they point to the case of najibullah zazi who they say this program helped apprehend and prevent the
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bombings and another terror attack in new york. do you see no validity to a secret program like this? >> not to a secret program. no one accepted and gave obama the mandate to engage in a worldwide surveillance program on nearly every person. now, you've seen a lot of double rhetoric used by obama. for example, the mass daily collection of verizon information sent off daily to the national security agency, you see obama come out and say, oh, but it didn't include the identities of the subscribers, but it includes their phone numbers. just google reverse number look-up. every police agency, even you yourself can go out there and do reverse number look-up. so, this is the sort of duplicity in the conversation, which means you can't trust any sort of statement that the white house is making on the issue.
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of course, in particular cases where there is sufficient evidence, it is right to surveil some people for some amount of time, but that's what we did in the past. i mean, that's what has been done historically. that worked historically. and now we see just a periphlogate of mass worldwide surveillance. >> given that you're hold up in the equadorian embassy under close watch, i assume, by the authorities, you are limited with who you can meet with. have you been in touch with this guy, snowden, or has anyone from your organization? >> well, as you know, there's an extensive surveillance of this embassy. the british government admits to spending $5 million in the last 11 months alone just on the police surveillance, not including intelligence surveillance of this embassy. so, of course, it's somewhat difficult for me to communicate with people in such a position. but we have been monitoring the situation very closely, and of course, i have a lot of personal experience in this situation. so does the organization, and
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we're trying to help in the limited ways that we can. >> would you advise him to remain in hong kong? we don't know where he is now. i mean, is that -- what is his best bet moving forward? >> well, we don't know all the strategy that snowden, and perhaps the journalists and his advisers have put together. i hope there is something really solid there. but looking at it from the surface, i would strongly advise him to go to latin america. latin america has shown in the past ten years that it is really pushing forward in human rights. there is a long tradition of asylum. >> when wikileaks published the huge trove of communications and documents that bradley manning allegedly provided to you, many in the administration and in congress very publicly and loudly said this caused tremendous damage to the u.s., put hundreds of people at risk. what's interesting is that since then, and if you do research on it, u.s. officials have actually said that the information wikileaks published did not
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really significantly compromise u.s. security. i read an article in 2010, then defense secretary bob gates said the revelations were embarrassing and awkward but called them "fairly modest" in terms of the consequences on u.s. foreign policy. there was talk about, well, this is going to hurt afghans, they're going to get attacked by the taliban because of some of the revelations. an official told cnn, i think it was in 2010, that they didn't have to move any afghans because of the revelations. and yet, bradley manning is facing life in prison for potentially aiding the enemy. do you see a contradiction there? >> you're correct to point out that even if we then moved to the speculative harm, actually, nato officials in kabul told cnn they couldn't even see someone who needed to be protected from the speculative component. what is a travesty about the bradley manning prosecution is that the defense has received preemptive bans on their arguments. they have been cut off at the knees. they are not able to attend any
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events. there has been no harm. any u.s. document or u.s. official, any witness, they're not able to make that argument. and the two journalists involved in the snowden case, what is the chance they're going to be in my position, alleged to be committing conspiracy to commit espionage? what is the chance that snowden is going to be charged with aiding the enemy, is going to be in exactly the same position that bradley manning is in in three years' time. this precedent has got to be eliminated. otherwise, it is the end of national security journalism in the united states. >> julian assange, i really do appreciate it. thank you. >> thank you. >> let me know what you think about the conversation on this tonight. where do you stand on this? do you agree with julian assange? jeff toobin, bob baer? @andersoncooper. one of the most highly anticipated trials is getting under way in florida. jury selection began in the george zimmerman trial. hundreds of jurors in the george zimmerman trial are being chosen to decide if it was murder or self-defense. we'll have a live update from
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sanford, florida, next. also ahead, what exactly happened during the santa monica shooting rampage that left five people dead on friday. we'll also hear from a woman forced at gunpoint by the shooter to drive the gunman to santa monica college. >> starts yelling at me to drive down the street. and basically just give him the directions, go right, go left, go straight until we got to a red light intersection, at which point he opened his door and started firing on the bus next to us, into the cars that were coming towards us.
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in florida, jury selection has begun in the trial of george zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old trayvon martin back in 2012. as you remember, zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer, says he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense. there's a jury pool of 500 people. attorneys started questioning some of them today, and in the end, six jurors and at least two alternates will be chosen to decide zimmerman's fate. martin savidge is joining from fl fl florida. four potential jurors were questioned today. what do we know? what questions were asked? >> we don't know a lot because of course their identities are secret for the time being. we know of the four, three were women. one appears to be a minority. the fourth person is a retired white man. we know that two of the women talked about having children and we also know that two of the women talked about working overnight jobs. beyond that, we don't know a lot. we do know the questions were primarily focused on how much media exposure had they received
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about this trial and were they influenced as a result of that exposure. what did they know about it, how much? the amazing thing was, at least to me, given the tremendous amount of media exposure, almost, well, i would say all four said that they really didn't know that much about the case. so, if you're one of those on the defense or on the prosecution, i guess that's good news. >> i was surprised the judge hasn't decided yet whether the jury's going to be sequestered, correct? >> reporter: correct, not publicly. there seems to have been a lot of back-and-forth behind the scenes, in chambers about this particular discussion. and it was also interesting that the defense did raise that issue when questioning one of the jurors, asking her, you know, this is going to be a long trial. they said six to eight weeks minimum. and would you, if you were sequestered, would that be a problem, a hardship for you? this particular woman said no, it would not. so, sequestration is still out there. >> but the jurors' identities, they're going to be protected, correct? >> reporter: they are.
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i mean, i don't think there are too many cases, actually where they are not protected. in other words, when the trial gets going, we generally do not get to look over it with the cameras and see who they are. we don't find out the identities until often after the case is completely over, and i suppose maybe in this particular case, it could be a bit more care given to protect their identities. but you know, it is pretty much a standard procedure that we just don't identify the jurors, and you won't see them during the trial, even during, say, when they're coming and going. >> right. martin savidge, appreciate the update. thanks. let's get the latest on some of the other stories we're following. isha has the "360 bulletin." isha? >> a confirmed tornado was spotted near eldersburg, maryland tonight, about 30 miles northwest of baltimore. that's according to the national weather service twitter account, which urged people to seek shelter. the obama administration is giving up on court orders to block sales of the plan b one-step morning contraceptive pill, but the fda still won't allow girls to get the two-pill version of the drug due to lack of data on how safe it is for teens.
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a doctor in houston has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly poisoning her colleague's coffee. dr. ana maria gonzalez-angulo was reportedly involved in a casual sexual relationship with dr. george blumenschein when the incident happened. court documents say blumenschein went to the emergency room with renal failure and a compound found in antifreeze was detected in his system. and peter mayhue who played chewbacca in "star wars" was briefly stopped by the tsa at the denver airport because of his cane, which kind of looks like a light saver. the tsa says the unusual weight of the cane got the officer's attention but that the passenger and the cane were cleared to travel within five minutes. anderson? just ahead, this incredible interview with a woman. imagine driving down the road, and suddenly, a gunman stops you, carjacks you and forces you to drive to a school where he's going to commit a shooting and is shooting people and shooting at buses all along the way. we're going to talk to the woman
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who was held at gunpoint, describing ten terrifying minutes and how she kept her cool. >> i just kept saying "don't hurt me, i have children. don't hurt me." thank god i didn't have a child in the back seat. he shot right into where the child would have been sitting.
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over the weekend, the death toll in the santa monica
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shooting rampage rose to five. 26-year-old marcela franco, shown here with her father, carlos navarro franco, was taken off life support just yesterday. carlos died friday, shortly after he was shot. they weren't his first victims or his last. his rampage began a mile away from where the francos were gunned down. we were covering the breaking story friday as we went on air. the situation on the ground was certainly chaotic, to say the least. tonight we have a much clearer idea of how it all went down. here's gary tuchman. >> the house is on fire. >> reporter: it's 11:52 a.m. when police in santa monica, california, receive reports of shots fired at a house. when they get there, the house is engulfed in flames. over the next 13 minutes, the shooter goes on a rampage. >> he heavily armed himself and he was ready for battle. >> reporter: gunman john zawahri has multiple firearms, some two dozen magazine clips and about 1,300 rounds of ammunition. >> any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra
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receiver, has a handgun and has a semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, i would say that that's premeditated. >> reporter: the bodies of his father and brother were found in the burned-out house, shot to death. the gunman then carjacks a vehicle, but not before shooting and wounding a good samaritan who sees the gunman put the gun to the head of the carjack victim. he forces her to drive a car and opens fire at a passing bus, wounding three people. >> santa monica pd requesting assistance on shooter, multiple victims down. 1800 pearl. >> reporter: zawahri then gets out of the car on the campus of santa monica college, sparing the driver, but then randomly shooting a father and daughter. 68-year-old carlos navarro franco and 26-year-old marcela franco. the father dies on the scene. she dies sunday after being taken off life support. marcela was a student at the school, her father a groundskeeper there. they were together to buy textbooks for marcela.
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but the gunman isn't done. he keeps shooting outside the college library. >> the suspect walked along the campus shooting as he went along. he encountered an unidentified woman in front of the campus library. he executed her -- or he shot her. she later died. >> margarita gomez was the name of the final victim. she was a santa monica resident who happened to be at the college that day. these chilling photos make it clear there could have been more victims. you can clearly see zawahri going into the college library, rifle in hand. >> the suspect entered the library. he attempted to kill several library patrons who were hiding in a safe room. it's miraculous that those individuals were not physically injured. the suspect returned to the main area of the library where he encountered three police officers, two from the santa monica police department and one from the santa monica college police department. relying on their training and tactics, they were able to neutralize the suspect. >> reporter: it's now 12:05 p.m.
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once again, only 13 minutes after the initial police report. the rampage is over, the gunman dead. exactly why zawahri went on this murderous spree is not known, but authorities say he had been hospitalized in the past because of mental health problems. in 2006, police had contact with him for some type of issue, but those details are not being released because he was a juvenile at the time. it's also not known why he started shooting at random people at santa monica college, but he was a student there in 2010. this man is a relative of the father and daughter who were killed. >> understand why it happened to them. >> reporter: so many questions that likely will never be answered. gary tuchman, cnn. >> just horrific. that good samaritan, by the way, who risked her own life by trying to stop the car-jacking is debra fine. here's how she described coming face to face with the shooter. >> i thought to myself, what are you doing? why are you pointing this gun at her? i was so angry that he was pointing the gun at her and that
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she was scared, and i just wanted to stand up for her. i'll never forget his eyes. they were just so intense and so cold and so matter of fact, like he was just on a mission, no emotion. i was somebody in the way and i was somebody to get out of the way. >> she is a great citizen. debra fine still has shrapnel inside her body. now, remember on friday, president obama was actually in santa monica attending a political fund-raiser. laura sist, the woman debra tried to save from being car-jacked, initially thought the gunman was part of the president's security force. it soon was clear he was not. no one needs to tell laura she is lucky to be alive. i spoke to her earlier. here is the exclusive interview. laura, what exactly happened? when did you first see the shooter? where were you going? >> i was driving to my nephew's play at school at new roads school in los angeles. and due to the blockade and obama being in town, i was winding through city streets
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trying to make my way there, and he appeared just out of behind a car that was in front of me. he just appeared in the middle of the road pointing a machine gun at me. >> and what did he look like? >> he was dressed all in tactical gear from head to toe, sort of a medium-sized person, brown hair pointing a gun, saying "pull over, pull over." >> and so then what happened? >> i believe i asked him, who are you, thinking he was part of obama's team, and i think i said it a few times, who are you, and he just kept yelling at me "pull over," so i pulled over. and i believe there was gunfire at that time to another vehicle. >> so, he was shooting at another vehicle? >> shooting at another vehicle and then shooting at my vehicle and my windows exploded and he screamed at me to get out of the car and to pick up his bag that was on the ground and to put it into my vehicle.
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>> and did you do that? >> reluctantly, and he kept yelling at me to hurry, hurry. it was quite heavy, and he made me put it in the back seat where i had a child's seat, and put it on top of the child seat and then instructed me to get in, and i suggested he take my car and go, and he didn't like that idea and said that i was going to drive him and made me get in, and then he got in after shooting a little bit more. >> so, he gets into the vehicle and then what? >> starts yelling at me to drive down the street. and basically just giving me directions, go right, go left, go straight, until we got to a red light intersection, at which point he opened his door and started firing on the bus next to us, into the cars that were coming towards us. and that's maybe 20, 30 rounds, i don't know how many shots. >> did he have a destination in mind, to your knowledge, or was he just kind of giving you directions randomly?
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>> at this point, he was just giving me directions. somewhere along the ride, he said this is what's going to happen. you're going to drive me to santa monica college. and i thought perhaps that's where obama was. i didn't know. but he said, you're going to drive me there, you're going to pull over and get out and put my bag on the ground and i'll let you go. and i just kept saying "don't hurt me, i have children, don't hurt me." thank god i didn't have a child in the back seat. he shot right into where the child would have been sitting. >> unbelievable. >> and i kept saying "don't hurt me, i have kids." he said, how old are the kids and calm down, you'll be all right. don't do anything stupid. do you have a gun in the car? and i said no. >> did he seem calm or, i mean, what was his demeanor? >> he seemed very calm after he stepped out, partially stepped out of the vehicle to shoot at the bus and the other vehicles. when he stepped back in, he was
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very winded but very calm. i was hysterically shaking. he kept saying "calm down, you'll be all right," and then yelling at me to go -- i was still waiting for the light to turn and he just kept screaming "go, go, go." >> did he shoot at other vehicles after shooting at the bus? >> no. that also was reported that he shot along the way. he shot at the first location, he shot at the bus, and then when we arrived at santa monica college, he made me get out and put the bag down, and then he started shooting at people, and i jumped in the car and tried to escape. or did escape. >> and he let you go. >> he let me go, obviously. i'm here, so -- >> well, yeah. >> you know, i don't know why. i don't know if it was because i said i had children and he bonded with me on that? i don't know. but i had heard that somewhere before to try to make a human connection, so i tried to do that.
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>> did he say anything about why he wanted to go to the college? >> no, he did not. he reloaded his gun after the bus. he reloaded the machine gun. but i thought there was a bomb in the back, and i didn't think it was wise to engage him too much. i didn't know if i would say something that would anger him, so i just tried to be calm and do what he asked me to do. >> and once you drove off after you dropped off and got the bag out, did you pull over and wait for the police or what happened then? >> i tried to escape from him, but the direction i was facing was right into a cement wall and i would have had to go back and pass him, so i entered the campus which were pedestrian sidewalks, wildly yelling at me, there's a gunman, go the other way. then i got to where i couldn't drive anymore and i jumped out and ran into a building, but i panicked that he had a bomb, so i decided i should get far away
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from there, so i ran out of the building out on to pico and ran a few blocks, the whole time calling 911, but i couldn't get through to the police because the lines, i think, were full. finally made a connection and explained to them what had happened and they told me to stay where i was and at some point, much later, they came and drove me around and asked me to show them where it started and recreate the steps of it. >> gosh. it's just such a horrific experience. i'm so glad you're okay, and thank you very much for talking about it. >> well, i tried to talk with the policeman, the detective about why people are allowed to buy these guns, because i just don't understand why anyone would need a machine gun, and he said somewhat apathetically that that's just the way it is, that because the machine guns are out there, everyone else wants one to defend themselves, but it just doesn't make any sense for people to be walking around with assault rifles. >> yeah. laura, thank you so much for talking. i appreciate it. >> you're welcome.
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coming up, find out who's on the "ridiculist" tonight. first, let's get caught up with the other stories and isha's back with the "360 bulletin." the michael jackson wrongful death trial. the promoter for the comeback concert was back on the stand. randy phillips told the court he slapped and screamed at jackson because he was "nerve-racked" before they announced his comeback tour. the aeg live ceo said it was a miracle that "a drunk and despondent jackson finally appeared at the london news conference." phillips also said it was a "highly charged situation" days before jackson died. former south african president nelson mandela remains in intensive care with a recurring lung infection. the 94-year-old has been in and out of the hospital in recent years. apple's ceo has unveiled a new operating system for iphones and ipads. the new ios 7 radically changes the look of touch screens, plus apps that update automatically, and siri gets a new voice. the new system debuts this fall.
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and prince harry wowed the crowd at a military air show in england over the weekend. the royal co-pilot performed some death-defying stunts in an apache helicopter. >> wow. >> quite the daredevil. >> apparently. isha, thank you very much. coming up, "ridiculist." find out who's on it tonight and i think you're going to like it. time now for the
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time now for the "ridiculist." and tonight, the television show that set the standard for all that is good and right in the world is back with a glorious, new season. i'm speaking, of course, about "toddlers & tiaras." it's been awhile since we discussed "t & t." season six is now under way, and just when we thought we had seen it all, this happened. [ inaudible ] >> okay. my 2-year-old daughter alexa's going to be the one the judges are focusing on at this pageant. okay, here you go. alexa drinks coffee every morning. she started drinking it whenever she was probably about 9 months old. is that yummy coffee? >> mm-mmm. >> mm-hmm. it's only one glass. it's not an abundancy. >> it's only one glass of coffee. it's not an abundancy. she was 9 months old!
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that's old enough, right? actually, it's one sippy cup of coffee, but that's being nitpicking. this is "toddlers & tiaras," not pbs. although, come to think about it, it is the frontline of fun parenting tips. take, for instance, the littlest coffee drinker, which i guarantee will be the name of the reality show, eventually. it seems shocking that a 2-year-old is drinking coffee every day, but it's not like that's all she's drinking. >> alexa has coffee and tea. >> put it in my cup. >> i will put it in your cup. tinker tea is soda, sweet tea and pixie sticks altogether. it normally turns out a dark green color. >> soda, sweet tea and pixie sticks. dark green, just like all you jealous hater moms out there who are just flapping in the breeze, giving your kids boring old apple juice. >> she does drink tinker tea every day, but what child doesn't drink juice? she hardly ever drinks juice,
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and that's 98% sugar anyways. >> she's right. she's got a point there. juice, it's got a lot of sugar. now, i'm thinking maybe it has slightly less sugar than soda and sweet tea mixed with pixie sticks, but look, i'm no nutritionist. and as we know from previous seasons, pixie sticks are an integral part of the pageant circuit. >> i had tea and pixie sticks today. i've still got four more. >> we tried the pixie sticks, as they call pageant crack. we went through 15 bags in one pageant, and they just don't do anything for her. a lot of pageant moms and people know what the special juice is. >> my special juice is going to help me win. >> and she did win. she won her own tv show. that was honey boo boo, in case you have been wasting your time, i don't know, reading books or going outside instead of shame-watching tlc marathons. i honestly don't know what could
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come next on "toddlers & tiaras." all i know is, somehow, in season six, it is still managing to break new grounds. thanks for watching. "early start" begins now. on the run. the man responsible for one of the biggest leaks in u.s. history exposing america's secret spying program. this morning, vanished. where did he go? >> waking up after hours of destruction, tornadoes, floods and a score ching heat wave. riots in a crucial hot spot. tear gas and water cannons. we'll have more just ahead. lucky to be alive. a base jumper cheats death when her parachute fails to